November 30, 2015
News

Will Congress keep crop insurance cuts?

Some ag group leaders are not totally convinced that Congress will keep its promise to exclude crop insurance cuts from the upcoming omnibus budget bill.
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November 30, 2015
News

Grassley: TPP vote may extend past 2016 elections

Senate Ag Committee member Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he has not yet read the 3,000 pages of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement but from all reports he’s seen, it should be positive for agriculture.
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November 30, 2015
News

Drone used to drop good bugs on crops

Bug-dropping drones are being used on some crops in Australia.
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November 30, 2015
News

EPA reverses course on Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide

In a surprise move, the EPA has withdrawn its approval of Dow AgroScience’s Enlist Duo herbicide.
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November 28, 2015
News

USDA awards $2M for Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Research

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $2 million in grants Nov. 23 to support research on nutrition education and obesity prevention for disadvantaged children and families at the University of Tennessee and Utah State Unive
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November 27, 2015
News

New STEM Center in Michigan to open in May

A new Michigan State University STEM Center will bring educational opportunities to K-12 students and teachers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
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November 26, 2015
News

Christmas trees face assessment

Christmas tree growers will pay an assessment for the first time this holiday season to the National Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Betaseed Celebrates Ag Safety, Rural Education

Betaseed Inc. held Progressive Agriculture Safety Day events on Sept. 17 in Wahpeton, N.D., and Sept. 24 in Mitchell, Neb.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Company, Growers Share Focus

Sugarbeet growers are busy guys and gals, and we can appreciate their time and energy when doing our own jobs every day.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Crystal Seeds Works with Growers on Common Ground

Crystal is a seed brand with decades of history connected to the very beginnings of the sugarbeet industry in North America.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Find a Familiar Face with Seedex

We humans tend to stick with what’s familiar to us.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue
Allen Thayer

Food and Ag Groups Back TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries signed Oct. 5, is one of the largest trade pacts in history.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Free Online Irrigation Courses Available on New Website

Choosing the right irrigation solution is essential to maximizing farm revenue, but it can be difficult to find reliable ag irrigation information.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue
Laura Rutherford

Hard Work Not Enough: Innovation & Technology Also Key

For the Adams family of Grand Forks, N.D., last season’s harvest was practically made-to-order.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

How to Start Strong in 2016

Stand establishment is one of the most critical factors for a successful sugarbeet crop, and Syngenta is dedicated to providing growers with the quality products and service they need to achieve a strong start.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Irrigate More Land with Center Pivots

It’s important for growers to make the most of cropland to get the highest possible yield.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

It Takes a Team

Betaseed Inc. is North America’s premier sugarbeet seed brand, serving growers for more than 40 years.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Maribo 102RR Delivers Excellent Field Results

American Crystal reported MA102RR was delivering outstanding results in early harvest.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Nelson Irrigation Introduces New 3NV Nozzle

At the heart of Nelson Irrigation’s 3030 Series Pivot Sprinkler line is the new 3NV Nozzle.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Nufarm’s ChampION++ Now OMRI Listed

Nufarm announces that ChampION++, a fungicide/bactericide that controls key fungal and other diseases in a wide range of high-value crops such as sugarbeets, citrus, walnuts, grapes, tomatoes and peppers, is now Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) L
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue
Phillip Hayes, ASA

Proud to be Part of Sugar Family

We can get pretty jaded in Washington, D.C.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue
Luther Markwart | Executive Vice President

Restrictions on Mexican Sugar Imports Upheld

Congratulations on producing and delivering a phenomenal beet crop this year.
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November 25, 2015| Published in the November 2015 issue

Sidney Sugars Hires Ag Manager

Sidney Sugars Inc. in Sidney, Mont., will promote Duane Peters as agricultural manager, to replace Russ Fullmer, 65, who will retire in December after 30 years in the industry.
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November 25, 2015
News

Statement from Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden on passing of Dr. D.D. Hardee

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden released the following statement Wednesday on the passing of Dr. D.D. "Dick" Hardee.
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November 25, 2015
News

UI Extension sets 2015 Snake River Sugarbeet Conference

It will be all about sugarbeets during University of Idaho Extension’s annual Snake River Sugarbeet Conference planned for Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Boise and Thursday, Dec. 10 in Burley.
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November 25, 2015
News

Several factors contribute to decline in honeybees

A beekeeper says there are several factors contributing to the decline of the nation’s honeybee population.
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November 24, 2015
News

Hamrick Engineering gets patent for extracting sugars from biomass

Hamrick Engineering, a U.S.-based start-up, has received a broad patent for extracting sugars and nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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November 23, 2015
News

Ag coalition wants Congress to keep crop insurance intact

A broad coalition of ag-related groups is urging Congressional leaders to keep their promise to not cut crop insurance through the appropriations process.
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November 23, 2015
News

GE salmon approval spawns lawsuits

Food safety and environmental advocacy groups are lashing out at the FDA’s approval of genetically engineered salmon.
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November 23, 2015
News

FDA issues rule on GMO labeling

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November 23, 2015
News

Sugar growers, corn refiners reach agreement

The sugar industry and the corn refiners have settled their lawsuits against each other but details have not been disclosed.
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November 23, 2015
News

Idaho growers face uncertain 2016 water season

Severe heat and sparse moisture during the 2015 growing season resulted in less carryover water in Idaho reservoirs heading into 2016 and the state’s farmers are facing an uncertain water season next year.
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November 22, 2015
News

Food scientists fix stevia's bitter taste

Sugar has become a largely villainized food additive, and as consumers look for an alternative route to satisfy their sweet tooth, the non-calorie sweetener stevia has been making its way onto the market for some time now.
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November 21, 2015
News

Canadian beet industry looks to expand

Even a small boost in Canada sugarbeet production would have a big economic impact, says the executive director of the Albert Sugarbeet Growers.
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November 20, 2015
News

Trimble acquires Telog Instruments

Trimble announced it has acquired privately held Telog Instruments Inc. based in Victor, N.Y.
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November 19, 2015
News

USDA announces $350M available to help states restore grasslands, wetlands and farmlands

Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.
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November 19, 2015
News

Moms Across America founder criticizes GMO salmon approval

Moms don't want to feed their children fish genetically engineered to grow four times fatter, four times faster and to be sterile.
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November 19, 2015
News

FDA approves first genetically modified salmon for consumption

AquaBounty Technologies' salmon became the first genetically engineered animal to receive U.S. approval for human consumption, setting the stage for more such approvals.
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November 19, 2015

H-2A to increase as immigration stalls

With immigration reform dead in the U.S. House, agricultural employers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond will continue to turn to the H-2A guestworker visa program to meet their labor needs, a labor association leader says.
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November 18, 2015
News

Helping U.S. exporters gain access to overseas markets

Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Japan and China this week to meet with agricultural counterparts.
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November 18, 2015
News

Crystal projects $45 per ton of ’15 beets

American Crystal Sugar Co. shareholder-growers attended factory district meetings and received details about a first projection of beet payments for the 2015 crop at a gross payment of $45 per ton.
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November 18, 2015
News

Organic 101 workshop set for Idaho Dec. 3

Farmers interested in organic production can find helpful information about getting into the business at an Organic 101 workshop planned Dec. 3 in Twin Falls, Idaho.
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November 17, 2015
News

Crystal Sugar building large storage complex near Chicago

Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. is teaming with United Sugars Corp., a sugar marketing company partly owned by American Crystal, in building a $40 million bulk sugar storage and transfer facility in Montgomery, Ill., about 45 miles west of Chica
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November 17, 2015
News

Vilsack to visit Japan

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Japan next week in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal.
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November 17, 2015
News

European group reports glyphosate is not carcinogenic

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined the active ingredient in glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans.
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November 16, 2015
News

Senate gets wolf legislation

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate which would remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming.
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November 16, 2015
News

About one-third of Idaho ag land rented

Almost 31 percent of farmland in Idaho is rented and most of the landlords who rent that land out are non-farmers.
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November 15, 2015
News

Irrigation districts modernize with hydropower

A key part of Marc Thalacker’s original job description was drying up the stream from which his irrigation district drew water.
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November 13, 2015
News

Corn has more to gain than lose in sugar case

A market analyst says the corn industry has more to gain than lose in its legal battle with sugar processors over the branding of high fructose corn syrup as corn sugar.
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November 12, 2015
News

Supreme Court sought to review lower court EPA ruling

The American Farm Bureau Federation and a coalition of agricultural and builder groups Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage local land use and development decisio
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November 11, 2015
News

DuPont in separate discussions with Syngenta, Dow

Some of the world’s largest agricultural companies are looking to combine with one another as three years of shriveling crop prices have pressured profits, in what would be the industry’s first big shake-up in at least a decade.
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November 11, 2015
News

Syngenta and DSM working toward biological solutions

Syngenta and DSM announced a research and development partnership to develop microbial-based agricultural solutions, including bio-controls, bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants.
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November 10, 2015
News

USDA to provide ag credit training for military veterans, beginning farmers

The USDA announced Monday a partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to conduct agricultural credit training sessions in the Midwest for military veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers.
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November 10, 2015
News

Farmland remains attractive investment

A farmland auction company president says farmland is still an attractive investment.
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November 10, 2015
News

Expect Thanksgiving turkeys to cost more

Animal protein analyst Will Sawyer with Rabobank said while supplies are available for the Thanksgiving turkey market, prices are still being affected by avian influenza.
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November 10, 2015
News

Consumers seek transparency from growers

New research backs up the growing trend of most consumers wanting transparency from the people who make their food.
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November 10, 2015
News

Idaho beets set yield record

Amalgamated Sugar officials say 2015 has produced a record sugarbeet crop, despite pressure from two diseases that hadn’t been a problem for growers in the past.
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November 09, 2015
News

Wyoming city optimistic in light of sugar factory closure

When you drive north into Torrington on highway 85 you see an iconic place. Since 1926 the sugarbeet factory, currently owned by Western Sugar Cooperative has been a mainstay of the local economy.
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November 09, 2015
News

Med school returns $1M donation to Coke

The University of Colorado's medical school is giving back a $1 million donation from Coca-Cola, which was granted to support a group of scientists researching obesity.
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November 08, 2015
News

Judge allows intervenors in lawsuit challenging GMO ban

An organic seed company and an organization opposed to genetic engineering will be allowed to defend a prohibition against biotech crops in Oregon’s Josephine County.
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November 07, 2015
News

Western Sugar harvest piling up

The 2015 Western Sugar Cooperative sugarbeet harvest had a late start, in part due to warm temperatures lasting well into October.
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November 06, 2015
News

Sugar, corn syrup face off over 'natural' claims in U.S. trial

Corn refiners cannot "make stuff up" and claim that high fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar, an attorney for big sugar processors said in court on Wednesday.
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November 06, 2015
News

ISO raises sugar deficit forecast

The International Sugar Organization (ISO) on Thursday raised its 2015/16 global sugar deficit forecast and said the shortfall could extend into the following season.
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November 06, 2015
News

Rubio and Big Sugar

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has positioned himself as a young, fresh-faced champion of limited-government conservatism.
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November 06, 2015
News

Beet spill causes traffic jam on Minn. highway

A lane along Highway 10 closed briefly Nov. 1 when a truck lost its load of sugarbeets.
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November 05, 2015
News

Kinze founder inducted into AEM Hall of Fame

Fifty years after opening his small welding shop, Jon Kinzenbaw, Kinze Manufacturing Inc.’s founder, president and CEO, has been inducted into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame.
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November 05, 2015
News

Deere acquires Monosem

Deere and Co. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Monosem, the European market leader in precision planters.
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November 05, 2015
News

Net Irrigate introduces WireRat Pivot Monitoring Solutions

Net Irrigate announces its new product suite of WireRat Pivot Monitoring Solutions.
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November 05, 2015
News

Bidding closes Nov. 17 for Idaho farm

Online bids are being through 6 p.m. MST Nov. 17 for two adjacent parcels of the Louis F. Bulcher farm located 2 miles north of Kimberly, Idaho, and 5 miles east of Twin Falls, Idaho.
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November 05, 2015
News

New cuts to crop insurance proposed

Legislation being introduced in both the House and the Senate is proposing cuts to federal crop insurance that are greater than what was included in the congressional budget agreement.
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November 05, 2015
News

House passes transportation bill

The House has passed a six-year, $325 billion transportation bill.
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November 05, 2015
News

Can surge in sugar ETFs continue?

The rally in sugar prices seems to be unstoppable when most of the other commodities are finding the going tough.
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November 04, 2015
News

Patchwork food label laws pose concern

Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson says if individual states are allowed to have their own food labeling laws, consumers will pay the price.
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November 04, 2015
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Irrigators, Idaho officials square off over flood control releases

Treasure Valley irrigators believe the state is trying to steal their senior water rights by counting flood control releases against their rights to water stored in Boise River system reservoirs.
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November 03, 2015
News

Activist group fights use of Roundup

The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday called for California regulators to curtail use of a weedkiller popular with San Joaquin Valley farmers.
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November 03, 2015
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ASGA VP says more GMO education needed

The executive vice president of the American Sugar Beet Growers Association says further education on GMO crops is needed.
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November 03, 2015
News

House leadership keeps crop insurance off chopping block

House Agriculture Committee leaders scrambled last week to keep crop insurance off the chopping block.
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November 03, 2015
News

Senate bill to redo WOTUS fails

The Senate fell three votes short of passing a bill that would have sent the Waters of the U.S. rule back to the EPA to start over.
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November 03, 2015
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Beet harvest looks good in Montana, Wyoming

The sugarbeet harvest in south-central Montana and north-central Wyoming is nearly complete.
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November 03, 2015
News

Ryan: No comprehensive immigration overhaul with Obama

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday ruled out a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system while President Barack Obama is in office.
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November 03, 2015
News

Monsanto seeks higher sales in Mexico

Agricultural giant Monsanto hopes to double its sales in Mexico over the next five years, depending in part on whether permits for the cultivation of commercial-scale genetically modified corn are approved in the country, a company official said.
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November 02, 2015
News

Full beet harvest begins in Idaho

The early sugarbeet digging has finished and producers in Elmore, Ada, and other beet counties in southwestern Idaho are starting the regular beet harvest.
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November 02, 2015

Montana beet harvest wraps up before snow flies

In south-central Montana, the last Saturday in October is all about the sugar, and not just because of Halloween. The last of the region’s beet crop is coming out of the ground.
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November 02, 2015
News

GMO backlash threatens beet growers

America's sugarbeet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops.
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November 02, 2015
News

Nelson Irrigation announces full release of R75 End of Pivot Sprinkler

The R75 End of Pivot Sprinkler is a versatile, high-uniformity sprinkler based on Rotator Technology, nearly 30 years field-proven.
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November 02, 2015
News

Cougar snatches Yorkie from owner’s porch

An 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier was carried away from its owner’s porch in Oregon by an animal believed to be a young cougar.
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